OSLO, Minn.—The Red River at Grand Forks crested Friday, but the flooding threat is far from over to the north. In Oslo, the Red crossed into major flood stage April 8 when the river swelled to 36 feet. The river likely crested Saturday at about 37.8 feet. That's just shy of the record crest of 38.37 feet in 2009. On Wednesday, North Dakota Highway 54 — one of only two roads into Oslo — was closed from Interstate 29 to the Red River. The North Dakota Department of Transportation said the road would remain closed until the river level recedes.
Grand Forks is seeing minimal economic growth at a time when other cities in North Dakota, and the state as a whole, are seeing more and more development. The manufacturing sector remains strong in Grand Forks, but the city is lagging behind the rest of the state in certain economic categories, like job growth, gross domestic product and sales-tax revenue. Meanwhile, North Dakota as a whole is seeing an upward trend in those categories. "Grand Forks is clearly growing," said Dave Flynn, chair of the UND economics department, "but there is a gap and that gap is increasing."